Ecolab unit freed from Gulf Oil spill lawsuit

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Minnesota-based Ecolab Inc.'s Nalco Holding Co. unit, which provided a chemical dispersant after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has been dismissed from lawsuits over the incident, Bloomberg reports.

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill said the dispersant didn't work well and was more toxic than the oil. But a U.S. District judge has ruled that the federal government was ultimately responsible for use of the chemical.

Ecolab bought Nalco for $8 billion last year, the Business Journal notes.

Here's Nalco's take on its use of the dispersant.

Next Up

ambulance

Teenage drivers involved in deadly head-on crash on Highway 55

The collision happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

lake water

Man hanging onto overturned canoe rescued from northern MN lake

The man was taken to the hospital after suffering from hypothermic medical conditions.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies in Minneapolis shooting Thursday night

Police believe the victim and suspect were familiar with each other.

aircraft-2385194_1280

Pair escape uninjured as plane crashes moments after takeoff

It crashed about a half mile southwest of Faribault Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 4.12.50 PM

For The Week: Making cocktails at home? Here's how to do it right

Lindsay Guentzel's For The Week column features simple food and drink tips.

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.

covid

HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.

Related

Pollution from Gulf oil spill shows up on western Minnesota pelicans

Petroleum and the chemical used to clean up the 2010 Gulf oil leak have shown up in the eggs of pelicans that nest in western Minnesota. Swift County is home to North America's largest colony of American White Pelicans, which winter in the Gulf of Mexico. Biologists will monitor how the chicks hatched from polluted eggs develop.

Ecolab eliminating 500 jobs from global workforce

The move is part of a restructuring plan as the St. Paul-based company takes over Nalco Holding Co. The Business Journal reports Ecolab expects it can reduce its workforce largely through attrition. Most of the eliminated postions are corporate administrative jobs. Ecolab also expects these changes to reduce the need for future postions and help reach cost-savings goals.